10 things to do in Atlanta this weekend

Dad pushing baby stroller in front of Wylie Street murals in Cabbagetown on August 14, 2022
Brandon McKeown

Celebrate the start of November the right way this weekend. Get your chili-tasting on at the Cabbagetown Chomp and Stomp, experience an authentic Native American pow-wow, journey to Ireland (in Alpharetta), enjoy an Italian opera, bike through the Westside and so much more!

And haven’t you heard? The Atlanta Opera’s 2023-24 season promises to be a spectacular journey through a diverse range of operatic masterpieces, all hosted at the stunning Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

Opening the season is Giuseppe Verdi’s timeless classic, Rigoletto, a tale of love, betrayal, and tragedy. Next on the lineup is Giacomo Puccini’s La bohème, a beloved opera that captures the essence of bohemian life in Paris. Shakespearean magic takes center stage with Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a whimsical and magical opera. Concluding the season is Richard Wagner’s epic Die Walküre, a monumental work from the Ring Cycle.

The 2023-24 season at The Atlanta Opera promises to be a blend of timeless classics, romanticism and fantasy. Experience it all at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

ATL Urban Comedy and Music Festival

If you’re looking for laughs, head over to Underground Atlanta this weekend to support up-and-coming unsigned comedians and musical artists showcasing their work. The event culminates in a “Best of the Fest” main stage finale on Saturday.

Location: Underground Atlanta - 75 M.L.K. Drive SW; Date: Wednesday, Nov. 1 through Sunday, Nov. 5; Time: Various times; Admission: $20; free on Saturday and Sunday; Website: eventbrite.com

Native American Festival and Pow Wow

One of the largest Native American gatherings in Georgia will take place this weekend at Stone Mountain. Experience inter-tribal dance and drum competitions and immerse yourself in workshops from bow-making and fire-starting to pottery-making and more. Shop Native American handicrafts at the artist marketplace for a true one-of-a-kind gift. The event is a fantastic way to support the indigenous people of this land.

Location: Stone Mountain Historic Square – John B Gordon Dr; Date: Thursday, Nov. 2 – Sunday, Nov. 5; Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Thursday and Friday); 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday); Admission: $15.99; Website: stonemountainpark.com

High-Frequency Friday at the High Museum of Art

Art party, meet high-frequency happy hour. Every first Friday of the month, the High Museum of Art hosts a music-filled evening with DJs, food trucks and more. There’s no better way to amp up your energy when visiting current exhibitions, including Sonya Clark: We Are Each Other and In the City of Light: Paris, 1850 - 1920.

Location: High Museum of Art - 1280 Peachtree St NE; Date: Friday, Nov. 3; Time: 6 - 10 p.m.; Admission: $25 or free for members; Website: high.org

My Morning Jacket at The Fox Theatre

Louisville, Kentucky band My Morning Jacket will be playing two shows at the Fox Theatre with special guest Devon Gilfillian. Their Friday show will be a special anniversary performance of their 2003 album, “It Still Moves,” where the band will play the album in its entirety (in addition to other songs in their discography).

Location: The Fox Theatre - 660 Peachtree St NE; Date: Friday, Nov 3 and Saturday, Nov. 4; Time: 8 p.m.; Admission: Starting at $32.50; Website: foxtheatre.org

Irishfest Atlanta 2023

It’s your lucky weekend! You don’t need to fly to Ireland to experience the luck of the Irish – it’s coming to you in historic Roswell. Experience Irish culture through a variety of concerts, short films, and even an Irish soda bread baking contest and Irish Tea with the Consulate General.

Location: Roswell Historic Hall – 972 Alpharetta St; Date: Friday, Nov. 3 – Sunday, Nov. 5; Time: Varies by event; Admission: Varies by event; Website: irishfestatlanta.org

Cabbagetown Chomp and Stomp Festival

Try an array of delicious chilis and listen to bluegrass at the annual Cabbagetown Chomp and Stomp, located in the heart of the historic Cabbagetown district. Proceeds go towards the Friends of Cabbagetown Conservancy for neighborhood and park beautification and maintenance.

Location: Cabbagetown next to the Krog Tunnel - 1 Krog St NE; Date: Saturday, Nov. 4; Time: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Admission: Free to attend; $10 for chili-tasting spoon; Website: chompandstomp.com

Romp and Stomp 5K

Burn calories before the Cabbagetown Chomp and Stomp in the flat and fast historic Cabbagetown neighborhood. Long-sleeve shirt and chili-tasting spoon are included in the admission, so you can try all the chilis to your heart’s desire after the race is over. You’ve earned it!

Location: Milltown Arms Tavern - 180 Carroll St SE; Date: Saturday, Nov. 4; Time: 7:45 a.m. for walkers; 8 a.m. for runners; Admission: $40; Website: chompandstomp.com

Rigoletto at the Atlanta Opera

Enjoy a night at the Atlanta Opera with a showing of Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto in partnership with the Houston Grand Opera and the Dallas Opera. If you’re looking for a story filled with vengeance, love, tragedy and more, Rigoletto is a classic opera performance that’s been running since 1851 that you won’t want to miss.

Location: Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center - 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy; Date: Saturday, Nov. 4; Time: 8 p.m.; Admission: Starting at $48; Website: atlantaopera.org

Atlanta BeltLine Bike Tours - Westside Trail

Cycle 11 miles through the Atlanta BeltLine Westside Trail with an expert tour guide who will share interesting facts about the historic neighborhoods alongside the trail. If you don’t own a bike, you can rent one (plus a helmet – safety first!) from Clutch Bike Shop for $35. The ride begins and ends at the Lee + White complex, so stay afterward for food and drinks.

Location: Lee + White - 929 Lee Street SW; Date: Saturday, Nov. 4; Time: 9 a.m. to noon; Admission: $10; Website: beltline.org/things-to-do

Chastain Park Fall Arts Festival

Looking to decorate your space for the new year? Just love art? Explore over 185 painters, photographers, sculptors, glass blowers, jewelers and other artisans at the annual Chastain Park Fall Arts Festival. Free to attend and dogs are also welcome!

Location: Chastain Park - 4469 Stella Drive; Date: Saturday, Nov. 4 & Sunday, Nov. 5; Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Saturday) & 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Sunday); Admission: Free; Website: chastainparkartsfestival.com

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